On the 7th June 2009 the 27 EU States are electing 736 MEPs


**The results in each of our project member countries**

More than 375 million Europeans are eligible to vote in the biggest single trans-national election in history.

For many voters across the continent, issues such as immigration, the environment and the economy are among their main concerns heading to the polls.
Others say that the amount of power given to EU institutions and politicians' accountability are the issues that will influence their vote.
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GERMANY - 99 seats

Germany will elect 99 MEPs - more than any other country. Germany has always been a driving force behind EU integration.
But this time Germans are looking further ahead - to the September general elections, in which Vice-Chancellor Frank-Walter Steinmeier, of the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD), will challenge Chancellor Angela Merkel, leader of the centre-right Christian Democrats (CDU).
The economic crisis has put severe strain on the CDU-SPD "grand" coalition. The German economy - Europe's biggest - is expected to contract 6% this year, and unemployment is 8.6% and rising.
The future of Germany's car industry is a major issue. The Canadian group Magna has just bought Opel, which is part of the General Motors European division. Opel is one of the biggest employers in Germany.
The German Greens, a powerful voice with 13 MEPs, will make climate change and energy policy prominent in the campaign.
A new force in German politics - the anti-capitalist Left Party - may win votes from people hit hard by the crisis and disillusioned with the familiar mainstream parties.

POLAND - 50 seats

The governing centre-right Civic Platform (PO) is neck-and-neck with the right-wing, conservative Law and Justice (PiS), opinion polls suggest.
The iconic former Solidarity leader Lech Walesa has made his mark in the campaign by attending the congress of Libertas, a pan-European Eurosceptic party opposed to the EU's Lisbon Treaty. Mr Walesa's 33-year-old son Jaroslaw meanwhile is a candidate in Gdansk for Civic Platform.
Polish turnout in the 2004 election was a meagre 20.8% - the second lowest in the EU. The latest Eurobarometer survey gave a low figure for Polish voters' interest in these elections - just 30%.
Poland's EU membership has allowed many Poles to find jobs in older member states - especially the UK and Ireland. But more recently the recession has dramatically reduced such opportunities.
Polish politicians are using the internet to rally support among the Polish workers in Britain.

UK - 72 seats

The scandal over MPs' extravagant expenses claims has battered Labour and the main opposition parties at Westminster. A poor result for Labour could make an early general election more likely.

Public anger over the scandal could help smaller Eurosceptic parties, such as the UK Independence Party (UKIP) and far-right British National Party (BNP). The BNP is yet to win a seat in Europe.
UKIP, which wants the UK to leave the EU, came a surprise third in the 2004 European election, ahead of the Lib Dems and winning 12 seats. Voters fed up with mainstream politicians might protest by backing candidates seen as "anti the system". That might work for UKIP, despite previous expenses scandals involving some of its MEPs.
Yet the sour public mood may also keep turnout low. It was 38.5% in 2004. The Eurobarometer Spring 2009 survey found 30% of British respondents determined not to vote - by far the highest figure in the EU.
The recession is another big issue in the campaign. Unemployment has risen to 2.2 million and the UK economy is forecast to shrink by more than 4% this year.

SLOVENIA - 7

In January 2007 Slovenia became the first former communist state to join the eurozone. It has not been hit by the economic crisis as hard as some of its bigger neighbours, but the election will still test the leadership of Prime Minister Borut Pahor and his Social Democrats.
Slovenia has made headlines over its refusal to let Croatia's EU accession talks resume while a border demarcation dispute remains unresolved.

SPAIN - 50 seats

Bad economic news is dominating Spanish politics. Spain's first-quarter contraction - 1.8% - is its worst for 50 years and unemployment has soared to 17.4%, the highest rate in the EU.
In the 2004 European elections the Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) came narrowly ahead of the conservative Popular Party (PP), but this time the PP will come out on top, opinion polls suggest.
Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has much work to do to fight the PP's challenge, especially as he lacks a majority in parliament and could face a confidence vote if the Socialists come off badly.
Spain's boom in recent years attracted many workers from Eastern Europe - especially Romanians. There was plenty of work on building sites, but the bursting of the property bubble has left Spain with an estimated 650,000 unsold homes.
The performance of nationalists will be closely watched in this election. In March nationalists were thrown from power in the Basque Country for the first time since Spain's transition to democracy following the death of General Franco in 1975.